It's been six weeks of stirring, opening half an eye, and then lying in bed for a disoriented minute or two wondering where on earth we are. It appears that it can take a little while for the brain to catch up with the body when moving house. It neither smells nor sounds quite like our home yet but each and every day, it feels more like where we're meant to be. The nights are a different matter, though ... the creeks and groans of an older house are going to take a bit more time, and waking up in a cold sweat, to get used to.
But I have a finished room to share with you. I know, I know, all the advice out there says that you need to live in a house for a while before committing paint or paper to wall. Try telling that to my youngest, though. He chose the wallpaper back in November which is about the equivalent of a million years when you're only five. No way could he wait any long to see it on his new bedroom wall.
I wanted the room to have a natural, classic feel but with a fun and colourful nod to the countryside. Wild and whimsical, a room for a young dreamer but one that will stand the test of time as he gets that little bit older. We've used a lot of furniture and accessories from his old bedroom, bought a few new things in the January sales, and were kindly sent a few treats from some wonderful brands (I'll mark them with an * so you know which ones) to add those all important final flourishes.
Here goes .... (I did take 'before' shots but they were almost too boring to share - just picture magnolia walls, brown carpet and a very empty room):
As you walk through the door, there's a sort of small corridor leading to the main part of the bedroom. It's just wide enough for a cute wall mounted bookcase* and a handy carry caddy (I use this to pick up all the 'treasures' he leaves around the house).
Behind the door is the Lego wall I shared with you last week. A few small touches transformed a very bland space in to something quite special.
Turn around and the room opens up in front of you. It's not the biggest space and and as it was extended at some point, it has a couple of quirky features like a sloping ceiling and a beam running across the middle.
On the left hand side sits his desk and chair under the window, and a height chart ruler on the wall. Against the far wall is the new Sherwood wardrobe from Great Little Trading Co. which wasn't on our 'to buy' list but became necessary when we realised that the old one didn't fit in the gap.
I've had so many questions on InstaStories about the red metal storage box* on top of the wardrobe ... it was one of the fab products sent to us by Vertbaudet and is perfect for dressing up costumes or toys which aren't played with on a daily basis. Personally, I love the pop of colour as it brightens up an otherwise dark space.
The right hand side is mainly home to toy storage. The three tier unit is now out of stock, sorry, which is such a shame as it's a brilliant piece of furniture. The oval basket was an absolute bargain from Homebase and is sturdy enough to hold way too much Duplo or Lego for just one child. I bought the 'Be Kind To All That Lives' print from Jade Fisher and while pretty, it's also a lovely reminder of what's important in this world.
On to the wallpaper.
Oh, the wallpaper!
It's the Woodland Rave* wallpaper from Wild Hearts Wonder. Look at it ...
... badgers raving around a ghetto blaster, foxes playing cards and hares enjoying afternoon tea. It's fun, imaginative and perfect for a little boy's bedroom that overlooks nothing but greenery and wildlife. It really is incredible and everyone who walks in to the room gasps. You can't help but smile whenever you look at it.
On the bed is one of my favourite duvet covers from Secret Linen Store (the cotton they use is amazingly soft and only gets better with washing), the cutest throw* from Vertbaudet, and my son's much loved cushions from Christy's Infinity and Beyond collection - you can just about spot the Speckles jersey sheet and pillow case, too.
Above the bed is one my favourite buys, a Fiona Walker England felt fox head from Hurn & Hurn. It works brilliantly with the wallpaper. Yes, it was a touch on the expensive side for a mere decoration for a child's bedroom, but I love it. And my son loves it to. So I'll call that a win and say that it's worth the £63. I couldn't resist the matching felt fox head hook, either. It's perfect for hanging a dressing gown off.
And that's it! His brand new wild but whimsical, woodland rave bedroom. What do you think? After months of planning, I'm absolutely thrilled with it. As is this little one is. I hope you like it, too. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please do leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.